Sneak Peek

A little hint of what’s coming next…

Sneek Peek

Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.

Dear Today

Letter to Today:


Dear Today,

You could have been better to me.  While washing the car, I almost ripped the fingernail off my middle left finger.  Yeah, this one.  The one I’m holding up and showing to you.  Yeah, that one.  Hurts like crap.  Then I had to cancel a credit card due to fraudulent charges.  It’s getting to the point that the banks red flag ANY spending that’s even slightly outside of my pattern.  I get it, but it’s frustrating when it happens.  I think I’m on my 3rd new credit card in the past year!  Oh, and I ran into the back of a car on my bike ride.  Credit card fraud really sucks.

So, yeah, you could have been better to me.

Sincerely,

Me


And just a FYI, I’m fine after the cycling incident (for those of you asking).  I was more embarrassed than I was concerned.  It was one of those “I’ve-ripped-the-fingernail-off-my-middle-finger-(the-one-I’m-showing-you-now)-and-somebody-is-trying-to-steal-money-from-me-but-I-want-to-get-a-ride-in-so-I’m-in-a-hurry-and-I’m-not-paying-any-attention” kind of incidents.

If you play the guitar, you can identify and here’s why.  Let’s say you play the guitar.  You know all the chords.  You’ve practiced.  You know ’em.  But ya still look at the frets from time to time, right?  Ya just do.  That’s the way it works.  It’s the same with us cyclists.  I know where my pedals are.  I know how my shoes fit into the cleats.  But I still look at the pedals every once in a while.  Imagine you’re playing the guitar.  You got a pretty good tune going on.  You’re strumming along and you glance down to check the proper fingering and WHAMMO!  You just ran into the back of a stopped car.  See, now you understand.

There was really no damage to either me or the car, but guess what took the brunt of the impact.  Yeah, my left middle finger (the one I’m showing you now).

Yeah, today could have gone better.

I’m thinking those agoraphobics are on to something.  Of course, I wouldn’t be able to capture images like these if I never went anywhere.

Murphy's Law

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Dragon

One of these days I’m going to invest in an actual macro lens.  Until then, enjoy…

Dragon

Light Show

So, it’s been quite a while since I’ve actually been at home for the 4th of July.  I completely forgot that the fireworks were set off last night.  Oh well.  No biggie.

I posted an image previously from this lightning storm, but this was what was happening over the ocean in the other direction.  Pretty crazy considering that this was taken between 10 and 11 pm.  Our own little pre-4th fireworks show.

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Photo Blog

Can I just post a picture?  No writing.  This is, after all, a photo blog.  Can I just post an image that has no worldly significance other than to portray the subject in my viewfinder?  Is that acceptable?

Yes.

My mother inherited an enormous yard of flowers from my grandmother and is enjoying all the different colors these days.  I seem to remember, when I was much younger, my grandmother cross-pollinating various iris species to get a new one with crazy color schemes.  Am I not remembering that correctly?  Anyway, here's one of the many irises in the yard these days.  More images coming soon here.

My mother inherited an enormous yard of flowers from my grandmother and is enjoying all the different colors these days. I seem to remember, when I was much younger, my grandmother cross-pollinating various iris species to get a new one with crazy color schemes. Am I not remembering that correctly? Anyway, here’s one of the many irises in the yard these days. More images coming soon to my newest gallery here.

Happiness

Doing what you like is freedom.  Liking what you do is Happiness.”


I’m liking what I’m doing and, somewhat more importantly, I’m liking who I’m doing it for.  Horrible grammar, I know, but you get it.

I've said it before, it's the little things that people walk by every day that can really be eye-catching.

I’ve said it before, it’s the little things that people walk by every day that can really be eye-catching.

Last Look

So after this two-week vacation, our next 1-week vacation is going to feel way too short – OR – all our vacations from now on will have to be at least 2 weeks long!

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Up

After a while, it becomes difficult to tell what’s up and what’s down. 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

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Augustine Light

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

– Aristotle Onassis


So I’ve had this urge to photograph lighthouses for a while now so it’s always awesome when I get to visit a new one.  Now, apparently, I need to get this same image at every lighthouse I visit.  Be sure to check out my other lighthouse images (and more to come from St. Augustine).

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is St. Augustine's oldest surviving brick structure. | Order a print of this image.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is St. Augustine’s oldest surviving brick structure. | Order a print of this image.

 

The Sun Also Sets

Yeah, I know that’s not the title, but that’s not what I’m going for here.  With so much attention to the sunRISES lately, I needed to turn around and give some time to the sunSET.

The Sun Also Sets

This Sucker’s Electrical!

“No, no, no, no, no, this sucker’s electrical, but I need a nuclear reaction to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity I need.”

– Dr. Emmett Brown


I think Doc Brown would have been all set for a few more trips in his time machine after last night’s storms!  I wonder how many gigawatts were generated from this one.

I give you 1.21 gigawatts! | Order a print of this image.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you 1.21 gigawatts! | Order a print of this image.

Different

The thing I like the most about the sunrise (sunsets follow suit) is that it’s always (always – no exceptions) different.  And the clouds make it even better.  In my opinion, a clear sky with just the sunrise is kinda boring.  I’ll take it, but I’d rather have the clouds and patterns they make.

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The Funshine State

We’ve renamed the Florida state nickname to the “Funshine” state.  Just so you know.  That is all.

A protected wildlife habitat that we pass every day on our walk.

A protected wildlife habitat that we pass every day on our walk. | Order a print of this image.

Shark!

Yeah, it wasn’t that impressive, but I wonder if its big brother is still lurking…

DCIM101GOPRO

In no way did we harm this shark. It had washed up on the shore. Just FYI.

DCIM101GOPRO

Revert

Sponges grow in the ocean. That just ‘gets’ me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn’t happen.

– Steven Wright


So at what point does the urge to dig a hole at the beach cease to exist?  I think I’ll hold on to that one for a while.

Revert

Longest Day

Exactly one year ago I was participating in “The Longest Day” sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.  I’ve never experienced anybody who suffers from Alzheimer’s, but now understand how traumatic and very difficult it can be and am thankful that a friend asked me to participate.  If you’re participating this year either as someone who is going through it currently or as a friend, here’s to hoping that today is filled with good memories of your loved ones and friends as you start your longest day.

The Longest Day

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Flora

Anybody know what this plant is called?  I’m in Satellite Beach on vacation and the red-splashed leaves really caught my eye.

This is the perfect Christmas plant for Florida.

This is the perfect Christmas plant for Florida.

Stress Relief

Works every time…

Great therapy session today.

Great therapy session today.

Travel

After 18 hours, 4 and 1/2 states and only three Red Bulls, the vacation really begins.  We chose to drive straight through and I’m kinda glad we did it that way.  It may not be so easy on the way home though.

My view for most of the day.  With an 18-hour day, this is about the extent of my shooting today.

My view for most of the day. With an 18-hour day, this is about the extent of my shooting today.

Winning

And that’s how you pack for a two-week vacation to the beach.

Notice how almost half the car is my photography equipment.

Notice how almost half the car is my photography equipment.